TULSA POLICE: Suspects caught after multiple chases

Tim Hudson |
Charles Ratliff

Two people that led multiple law enforcement agencies on several chases late last week are now in the Osage County Jail.

Tulsa Police officers arrested 30-year-old Charles Jasper James Ratliff and 31-year-old Ivy Quinn Harless Saturday in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Ratliff faces charges of attempting to elude a police officer, endangering others while attempting to elude, larceny of an automobile and no valid driver’s license, while Harless faces a single charge of larceny of an automobile. Both had numerous other outstanding warrants from several counties at the time of their arrest.

According to Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden, all the incidents began with a traffic stop Thursday evening.

“My understanding is that Hominy (officers) had stopped them and they took off in a car. They chased them and hit a gravel road and lost them in the dust. One of our deputies that was headed to the pursuit then came across them and chased them until they hit a gravel road again and lost them the same way,” he said.

Pawhuska Police were then able to find the suspects and give chase, but lost them in a similar manner.

“Somewhere toward the Nature Conservatory, they wrecked and a citizen came by minutes after they wrecked and called it in,” Virden said. “Our office responded and was searching with a K-9, but they were lost in the remote area. The search was called off after a couple of hours of looking for them.”

On Friday, employees at the Tallgrass Prairie Reserve witnessed the two reportedly “run up and take a truck.”

“One employee even tried to chase them but couldn’t get to them,” Virden said.

“The OHP then saw them on Highway 11 in Kay County and chased them for a while before losing them.”

The Tulsa Police Department then came across the duo in a Wal-Mart parking lot and arrested them and recovered the truck.

“We are checking the vehicle that they were originally stopped in. We think that it may be stolen, too, but are not positive,” Virden said.

“No one was hurt in this and, with it being as dry as it is, when you are driving at that speed and hit the dust it becomes very dangerous.”